The Learning Disabilities Consultant functions in the school environment as an educational diagnostician and consultant. An educational evaluation provides an analysis of a student's academic performance and learning characteristics. These results transfer to specific and successful instructional techniques as well as provide the information needed to develop an educational program to help each student meet with success within the classroom.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY EVALUATION
Assessment given by a certified therapist to assess skills including visual perception or tracking visual motor skills and sensory difficulties. The occupational therapist may also evaluate strength, range of motion and balance.
Completed by a certified school psychologist, a comprehensive assessment provides the student's cognitive functioning (IQ) which will provide a profile of strengths and weaknesses. Additional assessment tools may provide input regarding attention, perceptual, memory and behavioral difficulties which may impact achievement. In order to determine an underlying learning disability, a cognitive assessment must be completed with an educational evaluation.
SPEECH / LANGUAGE EVALUATION
When a child is experiencing difficulty understanding or using language correctly - producing speech sounds, demonstrating stuttering, voice problems or processing information auditorally, a speech and language therapist attempts to diagnose the problem and design treatment procedures to remediate areas of weakness.
A Board Certified Behavior Analyst will assess students through observations and interviews with parents and teachers. Based on these results, a plan will be developed to determine how best to motivate the student to facilitate a positive behavioral change.
sPECIALIZED ORTON-GILLINGHAM READING PROGRAM
An individualized multi-sensory reading approach specializing in working with children with dyslexia.
ADVOCacY AT SCHOOL MEETINGS
Provide parents with support through the IEP process.
Have an experienced professional at your side to guide you through the process, facilitate communication and assist you in accomplishing your goals to get the necessary services for your child.
Consultations to assist you with specific problems or emergent issues.
Thorough review of your child’s records to help you develop a strategy for moving the process forward.